Personal care aides

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Total Workforce

1.35M

Average Age

43.9

Average Salary

$20,163

Average Male Salary

$24,474

Average Female Salary

$19,264

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Personal care aides and on wages and locations for those in the field. Individual & family services is the industry that employs the most Personal care aides, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Personal care aides, by average wage, is Management of companies & enterprises. Personal care aides are paid most in Worcester & Middlesex Counties (Outside Leominster, Fitchburg & Gardner Cities) PUMA, MA but are relatively concentrated in Hidalgo County (North & West) PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$20,163

AVERAGE SALARY

± $475

In 2017, Personal care aides earned an average of $20,163, $31,902 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Teacher assistants make somewhat more than Personal care aides while Nonfarm animal caretakers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Personal care aides as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.385

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Personal care aides had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.385, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Personal care aides (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Personal care aides.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Personal care aides.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Personal care aides, by number of employees, are Individual & family services, Home health care services, and Residential care facilities, except skilled nursing facilities.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Personal care aides, by average wage, are Management of companies & enterprises, Offices of physicians, and Hospitals.

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Industries by Share

1.35M

2017 Workforce

± 28,392

3.41%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 2.9%

The number of people employed as Personal care aides has been growing at a rate of 3.41%, from 1,305,141 people in 2016 to 1,349,648 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Personal care aides employed by various industries. Individual & family services employs the largest share of Personal care aides at  27.7%, followed by Home health care services with 25% and Residential care facilities, except skilled nursing facilities with 14.7%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Personal care aides in the US. The average age of male Personal care aides in the workforce is 41.2 and of female Personal care aides is 44.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Personal care aides is White.

Gender Composition

233k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 11,843

1.12M

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 25,845

82.7% of Personal care aides are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Personal care aides.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Personal care aides

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

56% of Personal care aides are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 23.3% of Personal care aides, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Personal care aides.

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Age by Gender

41.2

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.8

44.4

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.354

The median age of Personal care aides is 43.9, and Male employees are generally 3.19 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Personal care aides from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Personal care aides is Business but a relatively high number of Personal care aides hold a major in Public Administration and Social Service.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Personal care aides from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Personal care aides need many skills, but most especially Service Orientation, Social Perceptiveness, and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Personal care aides need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Social Perceptiveness, and Learning Strategies.

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